Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 19th Oct 2010 21:42 UTC
Talk, Rumors, X Versus Y Steve Jobs' rant against Android, RIM, and 7" tablets couldn't go by unnoticed, of course. We already had the rather dry response from Google's Andy Rubin, but Mountain View isn't the only one who responded. TweetDeck's CEO wasn't particularly pleased by Jobs distorting TweetDeck's story on developing for Android, and now we have RIM's co-CEO Jim Balsillie who slammed Cupertino pretty hard.
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gfacer
Member since:
2005-11-10

Yes, and I am no mobile developer, but how hard can it be for a twitter client to adapt.....not very I'd imagine. The more intensely an app pushes the boundary of what any hardware is capable of, the more 100 variations (or whatever) becomes a problem.

In my recent buying decision, Apple was the devil I know, and not just because I owed a 1st gen itouch. I simply could not be sure if a) whatever brand of android handset would be upgradable to newer OS's (due to hardware maker or network's resistance) and b) if all apps I might be interested would work without hassle on whatever particular handset I bought.

Since all the handsets are subsidized (Canada), I choose the Iphone. However, time will tell regarding both points. Certain handset makers will have a better or worse reputation for upgrades and people will complain more or less about fragmentation / compatibility. If my fears were unfounded, my next phone might very well be android.

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3rdalbum Member since:
2008-05-26

I simply could not be sure if a) whatever brand of android handset would be upgradable to newer OS's (due to hardware maker or network's resistance)


So you bought an iPhone, where nothing is guaranteed to work on a handset that is not the current or previous model. Dudey, Apple is probably the worst offender when it comes to this.

In order to use the latest iPod, you need the latest iTunes, which requires the latest operating system, which will only run on the latest Macs. Okay, that's a bit of an overstatement, but Jobs himself said that you should only target the latest and previous iPhones - which makes my father's 16-month-old iPhone 3G officially unsupported.

Whereas, with a custom firmware, you can pretty much run Android 2.2 on a 2-year-old HTC Dream.

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Alex Forster Member since:
2005-08-12

1) The only iPhone that's depreciated is the 2G, which is ~four years old. Your father's 3G can run iOS4.

2) All applications are forwards compatible. Expecting applications to also be backwards compatible is insane; that would mean the featureset of the phone could never be improved on.

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jackeebleu Member since:
2006-01-26

"I simply could not be sure if a) whatever brand of android handset would be upgradable to newer OS's (due to hardware maker or network's resistance)

Whereas, with a custom firmware, you can pretty much run Android 2.2 on a 2-year-old HTC Dream.
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And exactly where does the average village idiot get custom firmware? How does the average village idiot install that huh? The world does not revolve around geeks friend. It's about usability.

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